Cayenne is easy to see on foot in one day. The center of the action is the Place des Palmistes, lined with colonial timber-fronted buildings and full of palm trees. To its west, Place Léopold Héder (aka Place Grenoble) is the oldest part of the city. After a siesta, cruise Av du Général de Gaulle, the main commercial street, to experience Cayenne at its bustling peak. La Place des Amandiers near the coast is the place to go to relax with pétanque and dominoes.

Guided Tours

French Guiana's pristine jungles are impenetrable and dangerous without a knowledgeable guide. Licensed Cayenne-based agencies run tours, often hiring out guides throughout the country.


In terms of accommodations, there is almost nothing on offer for the budget traveller in Cayenne. Midrange options start at €90 per night for anything decent


For the best bang for your buck, you can slurp delicious noodles at Cayenne's Central Market or browse the nighttime food stalls around Place des Palmistes. Small Chinese takeout joints and grocery shops make self-catering a breeze. The sit-down options in Cayenne can be outstanding, though they often come with a hefty price tag.

Drinking & Nightlife

Live music, beer and rum punch flow freely in bars and clubs throughout Cayenne. Reggae music rocks small clubs in Village Chinois and a few Brazilian and Dominican bars dot Av de la Liberté.


Cayenne's Central Market is the most lively place to shop. Elsewhere you'll find several tourist-oriented outlets around Place des Palmistes, including Galerie des 3 Fontaines, the best place to buy souvenirs in town.